Rescue 72 victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

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A multi-agency operation to combat human trafficking in Californiato has resulted in the rescue of more than 70 people, including children, what were they victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and more than 400 arrests, authorities said in a statement Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Tuesday announced details and results of the seventh annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild enforcement operation, conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and more. of 80 participating federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and task forces from around the world, in California.

From top to bottom, California is committed to fighting human trafficking.”

Rob BontaCalifornia Attorney General

During “Operation Recover and Rebuild,” 65 adults and 7 children were rescued, according to Sheriff Villanueva, who said the operation involved hundreds of officers from dozens of agencies and resulted in 413 arrests made over a week.

Among the arrests, it was announced that 30 people were accused of trafficking or sexual exploitation of the victims and 182 men were suspected of trying to buy sex.

“Remember, this is only one week,” the sheriff said. “This is just a small part of what happens throughout the year.”

“Operation Recover and Rebuild” focused on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, provide victims with much-needed services, identify and arrest their captors, pursue successful prosecutions, and disrupt demand from vulnerable victims of human trafficking by targeting their clients.

Sheriff Villanueva warned: “We will not tolerate the slavery and trafficking of others in any form. We will search for him and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.”

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